I just looked back at the number that had read my blog's
Having taken a year out of writing any blog, today I looked back and see that a lot of people looked at them.. well thanks.. It is often a case of just putting thoughts down on a bit of paper, but the paper is this page. So often no real thoughts given to subject matter.
Today I sat and thought about the postage costs due at the end of the month. I use a fair bit of postage. Have tried to keep it to 2nd class since the last lot of increases. But with a massive 14p going on a stamp I decided to let the queen see some daylight and opened the wallet to buy 10 books of stamps of 12.. I save a fair few pounds doing that. Certainly would not earn interest on the money in the bank.
We all like to make savings. A while ago I dumped all my euros and go a fair rate for them from the travel agent I always use. I am about to buy more or load the good old Caxton FX card up again... anything to stop more profit going to the banks in the charges they make when I use my debt card or credit card in europe. So as you can see today is what can I save.. postage, and bank charges on the euro's...
Fuel.. oh yes, hot topic at the moment. I keep my RV tank full.. that is a lot of money nearly £500 to fill it. But I also made a saving on that as I purchased it when it was around £1.299 and today it is 1.499 .. we are talking petrol here. It seems diesel is around 5p more a ltr... I have to ask how long we can continue like this.
Food is costing more ... sorry Ezzie you can diet to....
Ezzie, as those that have read my blogs is always featured. she is 6 years old next week.. and like me has winter fat to get rid off.. so she is getting 4 dog biscuits a day less.. you think a dog cannot count!!!!! she knows... Ezzie may be a big cuddle St Bernard.. but in that big head she has a brain and is not stupid..
But back to food costs... high fuel charges has a knock on.. food costs more, items I buy on ebay will cost more in postage from the end of the month. just about everything we buy is costing more.. including the pitch charges at shows.. still trying to work out that one! So how have the Sloberdober family deal with it? Simples as the advert says.. we have cut out a few shows. So who loses? Warners for a start as well as the other promotors. That way I save on my booking fee, the fuel I would use and the money I would spend with the traders. .. this is the start of the slippery slope... I used to do toy fairs as a trader for many years.. less public, less traders, then no show... I can see this happening in our hobby. Stratford on Avon last year trader wise was a waste of time... ok social side was good.. but as a show, waste of time. We will see what happens this year.
I have also made out first run into France in June ...stay in the North and use the car (we pull a 20' car trailer) for days out. The September trip will replace two shows.. Shepton and Lincoln.. saving the booking fee, and the fuel .. that goes towards the run into France and South where with luck it will be warmer.. boy can the wind blow at Lincoln. (and rain)
Anyway I am on a saving bent at the moment...
Until the next blog.. be careful out there.
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